A Myanmar court denied bail for the second time to human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun on Friday. EarthRights International (ERI) condemns that decision and calls for his charges to be dropped.
“Khaing Myo Htun is suffering from health problems, as a letter from his doctor which was submitted to the judge states. We are deeply disappointed by the decision, because of which Khaing Myo Htun’s health will continue to deteriorate,” said Ka Hsaw Wa, Executive Director at ERI.
Yesterday, human rights activist Khaing Myo Htun and his legal counsel EarthRights International (ERI), asked the Sittwe High Court to have the charges he faces dismissed for abuse of process. The charges have no legal standing and are a breach of Myanmar’s fragile ceasefire, jeopardizing the country’s ongoing peace process.
Aye Khaing Win was born in Let Yet San, a village surrounded by orchards and rice paddies 20 kilometers south of Myanmar’s capital city of Yangon. He grew up, met his wife, and started a family there. In 1996, the government confiscated many Thilawa residents’ land. Because they did not develop it, however, families continued to legally farm and live on the land.